By Priya Konings
By night, Alba Osteria is an upscale Italian restaurant. During weekend brunch service it is a bottomless food and drink haven for hungry and thirsty daytime DC drinkers. For $30, you can get all the mimosas, bellinis, beermosas, or bloody marys that you can imbibe, and as many brunch dishes that you can stuff in your face.
The drinks are tasty and plentiful and the menu, as our comrades at Bitches Who Brunch noted, is very egg-centric, so if eggs are your ideal brunch food this is your spot. Some egg dishes are better than others though, so here is a blow-by-blow of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Let’s start with the good. The egg white frittata is full of fresh mushrooms and spinach, giving the frittata an earthy edge, while Parmesan cheese adds flavor without making the dish too heavy. The waffles and fried eggs is hearty and filling, with a doughy waffle and sweet maple syrup. The oatmeal is also a win, sprinkled with pistachios, cinnamon, and served with warm milk. Buckwheat pancakes are sweet and rustic, filled with berries and topped with confectioners’ sugar. Crispy fries served in miniature silver buckets, are salty and perfect, with a generous dusting of parmesan.
The not-so-good: Poached eggs are grossly undercooked, the accompanying portion of burrata is sparse and the “green sauce” drizzled over the eggs tastes like…well, nothing. The accompanying portion of burrata is sparse and the “green sauce” drizzled over the eggs tastes like…well, nothing. Romaine salad is missing the bagna cauda (garlic sauce) and fruit salad is a boring medley of melon.
But at the end of the day, or rather, the beginning of your weekend, if you get yourself a bellini, some pancakes, and a seat on their patio you’re pretty much living a damn good life.